Barking homeless shelter to reduce service due to lack of funds

PUBLISHED: 16:52 28 July 2017

Homeless night shelter at the Barking Baptist Tabernacle in Linton Road,

Homeless night shelter at the Barking Baptist Tabernacle in Linton Road,


A homeless shelter could be forced to reduce its seven day service down to just three days a week due to a lack of funding.

Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham, despite receiving some grants, relies heavily on volunteer work and charitable donations. However funding has been drying up and unless more donations come in they may have to cut back their operations from 1st August, forcing around 20 people onto the streets for the other four nights of the week.

Charles Goddard, chairman of trustees at Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham, said: “People really rely on us and we really don’t want to cut back, but we just don’t have the funds to open every night.

“We could always do with more volunteers and we desperately need more donations, so I’d like to appeal for people to help.”

The shelter, set up in 2013 by Barking United Churches, offers food and shelter to men and women of all ages who are in need.

To organise donations or volunteering, call Emma Simmonds on 07527192161.

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